Dave Woods is lucky to be alive. This isn't an exaggeration, but a completely true statement with a compelling story of teamwork, innovation, perseverance, and a collective will to save a patient's life.
After falling last October, Dave knew something was wrong so made his way to Headwaters' Emergency Department where he collapsed in the triage area. A quick assessment by emergency physician Dr. Reta French determined Dave had a massive and potentially fatal rupture in his aorta called an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Dr. Grace Wang, Chief of Surgery was immediately called to the operating room and Dr. Varun Kapila, a vascular surgeon based in Brampton was called for a consultation on this incredibly life threatening situation. While all of that was taking place, numerous staff from a variety of professions and hospital departments were working hard to keep Dave alive.
It was impossible to move Dave to Brampton at that critical time, so Dr. Kapila made his way to Orangeville with the help of paramedics. When Dr. Kapila arrived, he joined the health are team at Headwaters to perform Dave's life-saving surgery.
Almost 100 % of people who lose vital signs following a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm do not survive. There were many breathtaking moments along the way, but thanks to quick thinking, professional skill, and most of all team work, Dave is smiling brightly today.